Tag Archive | Coffee

Nespresso Boutique Storefront and Window Display, Soho

Nespresso Storefront
Photo By Gail

The Nespresso boutique, located on southeast the corner of Prince and Mercer in Soho, really went the extra mile on their Mothers’ Day, decorating, adorning facade of the building in oversize, Pink Blossoms. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Product Review: Keurig K-Cup K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker!

Keurig C-Cup K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Coffee? I sure do. Staples just sent me this crazy cute little Keurig K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker to use and review for The Gig, and I am loving the heck out if it.

Keurig K Cups Pack

They also sent me a box of assorted Kuerig K-Cup Packs containing many different flavored  coffees, and a fantastic “That was Easy” button, which I have wanted to own for, literally, years. So, Christmas in June for Gail.

Staples Easy Button
I Love this Thing

K Cups Variety Pack

The Keurig also comes with a sample pack of six K-Cups to get you started — especially nice if you should receive this item as a gift!

K Cups Variety Pack
Mmm…Donut Shop Coffee…

I have previously wanted to own a Keurig, but was always held back by the fact that I have very limited counter space in my kitchen (seriously, you would be surprised) and they usually look pretty big. But this K10 Mini Plus is the perfect size for a coffee-loving single gal with a shortage of kitchen counter space. How cute is this little thing? Answer: So cute!

Keurig K10 Mini Plus
The Cuteness

However, along the lines of having very little counter space, it was just minutes after removing the Kuerig from its packaging that I discovered a bit of an issue, shall we say, as seen in the photo below.

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Short Chord

The electrical chord is a mere 12-inches long! What is up with that?

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Short Chord Visualized
The Shortness

Needless to say, but you can see I am about to, it was about six  inches short of  reaching the closest electrical outlet. I’m sure that for those of you who are lucky enough to live in sprawling, ranch-style homes with huge kitchens equipped with infinite counter space and electrical outlets along every foot of the wall, the short chord will never come into play. For me, it necessitated a trip to the store to purchase a grounded (three prong) extension chord. In NYC, those will set you back about $10. Forewarned is forearmed.

Keurig Complete Directions

Keurig Directions
Idiot Proof

I will also confess that I am intimidated by anything that runs on batteries or an electrical current, but the Kuerig comes with minutely detailed, step-by-step operating and care instructions, so there is probably no question you could think of that is not answered by the included Set Up Guide and owner’s manual. What a relief.

Keurig K10 Mini Plus with Donut Mug

Finally it was time to make a cup of coffee! The Mini Plus lets you choose how much water you want to use to brew a cup of coffee (6, 8 or 10 ounces), and I have a pretty tall mug, so I poured 10 ounces of water into the reservoir. You can vary the amount of water, I suppose, based of how strong you like your coffee. My Donut Shop (Medium Roast) coffee was the perfect strength with 10 ounces of water.

There are extremely clear instructions on how to turn the machine on, what buttons to push, what lights to expect to flash, what to put where and how long to wait for each stage of the process to complete. It takes just 2 minutes for a cup of fresh coffee to brew, so after you go through the process maybe twice, you will be a pro! I should mention that before making any coffee you need to first do an initial “cleansing brew” with just plain water, which will clean out the machine and get it ready for use.

I am really happy with my Keurig K-10 Mini Plus, which makes a great single cup of coffee, leaves virtually no mess and requires almost no clean up as well – such a break from having to wash a fragile coffee pot and filter basket ever time you make coffee.

The Keurig C-Cup K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker retails for $99.00 and can be purchased from Staples at This Link.

Starbucks Announces Two New Drink Sizes

Forget about Tall, Grande and Venti, Starbucks has two new sizes: Plenta and Micra. The Plenta is a 128-ounce drink for caffeine addicts who can’t get enough coffee, and for those who need just a tiny sip, you can get the 2-ounce Micra. And don’t worry about all that paper waste from the new Plenta sized-cup, Starbucks says you can reuse your gigantic Plenta cups in a number of useful ways including as a planter, lampshade or yoga block.